NH Senior News: Mastering the art of aging focus of 10-week series in Concord

March 19. 2017 11:19PM
Concord musicians Liz and Dan Faiella perform Irish jigs, reels and traditional Celtic music during the St. Patrick's Day celebration last week at Presidential Oaks in Concord. The brother and sister duo have performed several times at the retirement community and are a favorite among residents and guests. (COURTESY)

CONCORD — The art of aging gracefully has changed, New Hampshire experts on senior living say. Traditional retirement plans are disappearing, the cost of daily living is rising, and nearly all people 65 and older live with at least one chronic condition, they note.

That is why AARP New Hampshire, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association and the National Council on Aging are presenting the Aging Mastery Program, a 10-week series scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays from April 18 to June 20 at GoodLife Programs and Activities, 254 N. State St.

The organizations say the wellness series combines goal-setting, daily practices and peer support to help people make more meaningful changes in their lives to cultivate health and longevity.

The session topics are:

April 18: Navigating Longer Lives

April 25: Exercise and You

May 2: Healthy Eating and Hydration

May 9: Sleep

May 16: Medication Management

May 23: Financial Fitness

May 30: Advance Care Planning

June 6: Healthy Relationships

June 13: Falls

June 20: Community Engagement

To register for this free program, call Concord Regional VNA at 224-4093 ext. 5815 or visit www.crvna.org. Space is limited and registration is required.

Senior Citizens Council’s annual meeting April 3

LEBANON — The Board of Directors of the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council invites the public to attend its annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, at the Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell St.

The public also is invited for lunch before the meeting at 11:45 a.m.

To reserve a spot, call Anne at 448-4213.

The business portion of the annual meeting will include agency reports, the election of officers and board members and a keynote address on “Aging in Community” by Ellen Flaherty, Ph.D., ARNP, co-director of the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging and president of the American Geriatrics Society.

Brunch buffet a fundraiser for walkathon team

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is inviting the public to a brunch buffet from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 2. All proceeds will go to the center’s Meals on Wheels walkathon team, Team Littleton.

The cost is $10 for adults; $6 for children; and free for children 3 and younger. The center says advanced tickets are available and preferred.

Another fundraiser is planned Thursday, April 6, at the Topic of the Town restaurant, 25 Main St. Anyone who dines between 5 and 8 p.m. and mentions the walkathon will have a portion of their bill donated to Team Littleton.

A program at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, on the Lifeline medical alert system will offer information and a demonstration. The center says the program will be especially useful for those who live alone or who have a parent who lives alone.

For more information about these activities or the center, call 444-0867.

Presidential Oaks celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

CONCORD — St. Patrick’s Day came early at Presidential Oaks Retirement Living as guests enjoyed an Irish dinner Thursday while listening to traditional Celtic music.

Musicians Liz and Dan Faiella of Concord performed a host of Irish jigs, reels and traditional hymns. The brother and sister duo have previously performed during the Capital Area Artisan’s Holiday Fair at Presidential Oaks as well as during last year’s St. Patrick’s Day event.

The dinner featured corned beef and cabbage served with potatoes, turnip and carrots and Shamrock Pie. Tables were decorated with green and white floral centerpieces accented by green linens.

Nearly 50 residents and guests — many wearing green sweaters, scarves and shamrock jewelry — were on hand for the hourlong performance by the Faiellas.

Presidential Oaks offers a number of events that are open to the public, including breakfast buffets for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. This year, the Mother’s Day breakfast will be open from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 14, and for Father’s Day, the same time on Sunday, June 18. Reservations are now open and groups are welcome.

The schedule also has been set for the annual Summer Concerts on the Green series, which will kick off June 27 with the Nevers 2nd Regiment Band.

Concerts will be held Tuesdays through Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Presidential Oaks, 200 Pleasant St., and indoors in the auditorium if weather is bad. Reservations also will be taken for a dinner that will be available prior to each concert at 5 p.m.

For reservations, call Krista Marrs, director of communications and marketing, at 724-6111 or email marketing@presidentialoaks.org. Information about Presidential Oaks is available at www.presidentialoaks.org.

New England Notable Award presentation set

MANCHESTER — OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Granite State College in Manchester will honor John Clayton as its New England Notable during an event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Hooksett Public Library’s Herbert Room/Village Depot Room, 31 Mount St. Mary’s Way.

OLLI members present the New England Notable Award to a resident who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of the community.

Clayton is executive director of the Manchester Historic Association and Millyard Museum and author of seven books highlighting Manchester and the state. He also was a reporter and columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader for 25 years. He has won many awards for his column, “In the City,” as well as an Emmy Award for his work with New Hampshire Public Television, where he was the longtime host of “New Hampshire Crossroads.”

His book “You Know You’re in New Hampshire When ...” will be the topic of his discussion at OLLI.

The Hooksett library staff asks those attending to use the back parking lot, which is a closer entrance to the function rooms.

OLLI is a member organization that provides educational, social and volunteer opportunities for adults 50 and older. OLLI offers classes in the Manchester area, Concord, Conway and on the Seacoast. For more information, go to www.olli.granite.edu.

Chapin Senior Center offers computer tutoring

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., has computer instruction available every month.

For those looking for answers to questions about basic computer and iPad skills, Laura Thompson is scheduling half-hour individual sessions between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1.

Nick Ourusoff also will offer computer tutoring between 9 and 11 a.m. Mondays, April 17 and 24, and 2 and 4 p.m. Tuesdays, April 18 and 25. His half-hour sessions are appropriate for the beginning computer user to the knowledgeable user who needs collaboration or advice. Seniors should bring their laptop, tablet or Android device with them.

To check on the availability of appointments with either instructor, call the COA at 526-6368.

A meditation class is on the schedule for 10 a.m. Saturdays, April 1 and 22. The class will sit in chairs and do some silent/guided meditation sessions along with contemplations. No prior meditation experience is necessary. These ongoing classes are guided by Ilene Venizelos. For more information or to register, call the COA.

A blood pressure clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 3. Registration is not necessary.

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. This also is a walk-in group.

The VNA will provide a foot care clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, April 7 and April 14. The cost is $25, and a doctor’s order is required for diabetics. To schedule an appointment, call the COA.

The Morning Book Group will discuss “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 11.

Seniors at Cashin center can get brain health score

MANCHESTER — Seniors can take a free online brain health assessment on Tuesday at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St.

A team from Cogniciti, a company co-founded by Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, Canada’s largest geriatric health care institute and a leader in memory and aging research, will be at the center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The team will take participants through the brain health test, talk about what brain health means and the actions that can be taken now to improve it. To sign up, call 624-6533 or stop by the center.

A free presentation on “Eating Well as you get Older” is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29. Seniors will learn the benefits of healthy eating habits and be given tips on making smart choices for healthy aging as well. To register, call the center at 624-6533.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is sponsoring a “high tea” at noon Monday, April 3. The free social gathering will include light refreshments and games. Also call the center to register for this activity.

Ongoing activities at the center include exercise classes, Zumba Gold, Bone Builders, line dancing, chair yoga, tai chi, bingo, cribbage, whist, bridge, Scrabble, Mah Jongg, adult coloring, acrylic painting, singing and knitting and crocheting. Seniors are welcome to stop by the center to pick up a newsletter and to get a tour.

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